Why we’re screaming: Cleveland isn’t just for LeBron fanatics and disappointed football fans. Ice cream connoisseurs are in for a treat at Honey Hut (there is also a spot in nearby Brecksville). Inside, expect to find classics like cookies n’ cream and mint chocolate chip, along with surprises like honey pecan and orange blossom.Columbus-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams ranked number five.
Why we’re screaming: Jeni’s has “scoop shops” across the United States, but for the true ice cream aficionado, make a stop at the company’s original Columbus location. There you will find classics like salted caramel and constantly updated limited-edition and seasonal flavors like roasted strawberry buttermilk.If you haven't yet popped in to these local creameries, do so now, before summer's end.
For the first time in years, a pro gay marriage ad will make its way across Buckeye airwaves on Wednesday.
The deets, via Cleveland.com:
The ad, from Why Marriage Matters Ohio, features former Cleveland Museum of Art curator Henry Hawley and Cleveland Institute of Music instructor George Vassos. The couple, who live in Chagrin Falls, have been together for more than 50 years and married in New York last fall.
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In a recent interview in which he talked about the “wildness” of Gogol Bordello’s live shows, singer Eugene Hutz explained that his approach to performing live isn’t just about running around stage like some kind of animal that had just been let loose from captivity. “The other aspect is actual craft,” he explained. “That craft is what keeps the attention and feeds people in other ways. No energy can sustain attention if it’s not guided.” That craft was on full display last night at House of Blues where Hutz and his six-piece band put on a high-energy show that started strong and didn’t let up for two hours. Sure, the band played with furious punk rock energy (think Iggy and the Stooges) but the group also alternated between electric and acoustic instrumentation and showed just how much Hutz has evolved as a singer and songwriter.
Update: After a strong backlash (see details below), the R. Kelly concert has been canceled by promoters. Via the Columbus Dispatch:
An R. Kelly concert scheduled to open the inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival next month at Nationwide Arena has been canceled because of backlash over the R&B singer’s past.
“We wanted to make sure we heard the Columbus listeners ... to make a statement and support the city we live in,” said festival spokeswoman Melissa Dickson, who added that a public-relations firm is helping the event repair its image.
R. Kelly has been picked to headline the Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus on Labor Day weekend, and his dubious past is pushing music fans across Ohio into a broader debate about artists' role in society.
At issue are Kelly's 2008 child pornography charges (he was acquitted) and the ongoing barrage of sexual assault allegations against him, the latter being most thoroughly documented by the Village Voice and, more specifically, Jim DeRogatis via the many outlets with which he works.
Local band Damn the Witch Siren took their frustration to their blog, where they denounced the booking and pleaded for organizers to reconsider:
We are asking Columbus, and society as a whole, to WAKE UP AND STOP IGNORING THE SERIOUS PROBLEM OUR CULTURE HAS WITH GLAMORIZING PREDATORY MEN AND IGNORING THE VICTIMIZATION OF WOMEN. Seriously, it needs to stop, and the only way it's going to stop is if people like you and us stand up and say we're not okay with the idea of shelling out thousands of dollars to bring in an entertainer who is contributing to the problem, when that money could be given to any number of rape prevention or womens' services across Franklin County, or perhaps to other big-name artists who haven't been accused of multiple statutory rapes.
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